Italian singer Raffaella Carrà honored with a place in Madrid | Life/Entertainment

MADRID (AP) — Italian singer Raffaella Carrà, a 20th-century pop icon both in her country and in many Spanish-speaking countries, has had a place in the Spanish capital named in her honor a year after her death.

Madrid City Hall held a ceremony on Wednesday to inaugurate the square with a plaque bearing the illustrated portrait of the artist who died last July at the age of 78.

The town hall said it wanted to “pay tribute to the Italian artist, who had strong ties with Spain and its capital, where she pursued a good part of her professional career”.

Carrà has won over legions of gay fans in Italy and across the Spanish-speaking world, and his new spot coincides with the celebration of Madrid Pride Week.

The plaque showed her from the shoulders up, showcasing her signature platinum blonde hair and short bangs.

Born in Bologna in 1943, Carrà began her diverse career as a singer, dancer, television presenter and actress when she was still a child.

She became a staple of Italian television, but also won fans in Spain and Latin America in the mid-1970s. She recorded the hits “Fiesta” and “Caliente, Caliente,” among others, in Spanish.

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